@rabbit_nabokov hmmm too stressful to work with others? have you not meshed well with the collaborators? (Yesterday)

@rabbit_nabokov team projects are very tough and collabs seem to only work out rarely from what I've observed :I (Yesterday)

@midio :o <3 (Yesterday)

@midio :o (Yesterday)

@AsherVo 24spooky48me (Yesterday)

@revocare yeah flash was the best option I could find for high res animation. Oh how I miss pixeling sometimes ;p (Yesterday)

@revocare for high res stuff I use flash to make frame by frame anims and export to sprite sheets with shoebox (Yesterday)

@ArthG yeah just a normalized vector between the mouse position and the shooter position (Yesterday)

@Livelyivy Hahah awesome. Gotta use those NUKES. I always think of Tetran from the Gradius games t.co/DL1NJ2nGuu (Yesterday)

Quick test of an enemy composed of individually destructible pieces yahoo t.co/w4j4SrfPKq (Yesterday)

@gavanw Ohhh YEAH? I think I have it working (until I find some a crippling bug I'm sure) but I'm def interested in any pointers! (Yesterday)

@konjak @snakepixel I find that if I start to plan things, I intimidate myself a lot. That's why game jams are so fun for me, no planning. (2 days ago)

@AsherVo careful don't reach the resonance frequency of existence and shatter us all into a pocket universe between the membranes of reality (2 days ago)

@BeeMickSee @pietepiet people will complain about whoever you main for whatever reason so just follow your heart (2 days ago)

@rabbit_nabokov @konjak hahahahh cereal mascot I'm dying (2 days ago)

@BeeMickSee @konjak @DamianSommer Yoo with all the Mario Kart DLC I think Smash DLC is def happening (2 days ago)

@konjak @vonFawks @pietepiet I'm honestly surprised Dark Samus wasn't a character. (2 days ago)

@vonFawks @konjak @pietepiet no more Kirby characters, make a Kirby/Jiggly clone that is a Metroid. (2 days ago)

@pietepiet @konjak maybe they'll announce removing dark pit (2 days ago)

@NoelFB I have done this in AS3, with loops, if, else, and everything. If you want the source to look at, let me know! (2 days ago)

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2014 - 10 - 25 / 3:55 am / doodle

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2014 - 10 - 24 / 9:44 pm / general

Dev Log: More Skeletons!

Dev Log: More Skeletons!

This past week has been spent working on some Otter technology for implementing my own skeleton and bone systems.

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But Kyle why aren't you using Flash or Spine or Spriter or some other way to implement bone animation!?

Well in regards to flash, I've seen what is necessary for writing a flash file interpreter and I am totally not interested in going down that path at all. Flash is already a giant pain to use for just frame by frame animation, and I've used to create animations way back in my flash cartoon days of college, and that is something I don't want to relive. I wish Flash got an overhaul in regards to its UX, but that'll never happen, so I don't want to rely on it.

In regards to Spine and Spriter, I already use Spine for pure art based skeletons. The thing about Spine is that I actually cannot include the Spine runtime for Otter by default -- it has to live in a separate repository. This is because it is a violation of the Spine license to distribute the runtime to users who may not have purchased the full version of Spine. That is the main issue there, and also I have no idea how to use the Spine skeletons for what I want to do, nor do I know how to create Spine skeletons on the fly at runtime. I would use Spriter, but so far I have not seen any C# runtimes or APIs that don't have major issues.

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I ended up just creating my own since I felt that takes less time than learning how to use another tool, and since I have a very simple use case for this I can just jam out my own solution in a relatively quick time. I don't have any need for complicated animation files or animation blending or anything like that. This system is mostly designed to manipulate Entities in Otter, so that I can create big bad enemies built out of multiple pieces.

Also it may end up being the case that these enemies will be created at run time procedurally. If that is the case, I would have no idea how to implement that using Spine, Spriter, or Flash's systems.

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2014 - 10 - 24 / 9:35 pm / doodle

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2014 - 10 - 23 / 4:36 am / doodle

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2014 - 10 - 22 / 3:04 pm / general

Dev Log: Skeletons

Dev Log: Skeletons

This past week I've been chipping away at some general changes to Otter as well as doing some quick experiments with some things that I eventually want to include in my bigger game project.

The most recent of these experiments is setting up a general purposed skeleton system. The main idea is that I want to be able to make up enemies and other objects with a bunch of individual pieces that move around and animate. Normally I could say just using something like Spine or Spriter is good enough for this, but for this I wanted something of my own creation.

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The idea is that there is a Skeleton Entity in Otter that contains bones that all move, rotate, and scale based on their parent. Typical skeleton bone behavior. The difference is that each bone can hold an Entity on it. Each individual Entity on the bone can then have its own logic, so for example the first thing I want to have is the ability to destroy individual pieces of the skeleton. I can do that by having the Entities on each bone have logic for taking damage and being destroyed.

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So far I have one early iteration of this working but I'm realizing that the math that programs like Spine and Spriter do might be slightly different, and I'm trying to figure out exactly how they approach their transformations. It's a little difficult to find any articles or tutorials on how to code this stuff up yourself, as most people assume that using Spine or Spriter is what you want to do. I could potentially go back to using Spine and try to figure out how to wrangle its data format into loading a Skeleton into my custom format, but sometimes just making something yourself from scratch ends up being more straight forward!

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2014 - 10 - 22 / 2:51 pm / doodle

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